HARTFORD - Aerospace Components Manufacturers is a nonprofit organization that started in 1999 and has a mission of bringing the global aerospace world to Connecticut.
ACM has 114 companies that are members of the organization. All 114 companies together have 9,800 employees and about $3.1 billion in sales.
“Our biggest member has about 1,000 employees and our smallest has around 12 employees,” Paul Murphy, executive director of ACM, said. “We look for our members to be in aerospace or descent.”
One of the concentrations of the organization is business development. Presidents and general managers of the member companies meet monthly to speak about the industry, its best technologies, its challenges and solutions. The organization also focuses on workforce development.
In addition, ACM, along with local schools, builds a curriculum of courses that are taught to ACM members to enable them to share and practice new skills and technologies at their individual companies. The goal is for Connecticut manufacturers to have the best possible understanding to present a good business model, Murphy said.
“The mission is to bring the global aerospace world to Connecticut,” Murphy said. “We feel that we have something in Connecticut that you can’t find anyplace else in the world. The aircraft industry was pretty much born in Connecticut.”
One of the schools that has partnered with the organization is Central Connecticut State University.
CCSU’s Institute of Technology and Business Development “has collaborated with ACM for many years,” Rick Mullins, ITBD director, said. “Companies in the association look to CCSU ITBD to support their workforce development needs, employee training and skill development. Further, members of the association learn new methods to engage faculty and students through programs such as; CCSU ITBD’s workforce and multiple employer grants with the CT Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development Transformation and Faculty in Residence programs and insight into Connecticut Innovations Technology Talent Bridge program.
“Through these academic, industry, professional association collaborations organizations gain access to objective market disruption practices, innovations, creativity, talent and industry trends.”
“CCSU’s Manufacturing Management program has had a collaborative relationship with the ACM and its member companies for years,” Paul Resetarits, CCSU manufacturing professor, said. “An ACM representative has served on our Industry Advisory Board to help keep our curriculum responsive to the changes occurring in aerospace manufacturing. This in turn benefits both the students and the ACM members who are the future employers of our students. ACM companies also provide valuable work experiences for our students in the form of internships and summer jobs.”
To learn more about ACM visit the organization’s website at www.aerospacecomponents.org .
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.